Lucas watches TV in the lounge area of Seagate Prison. Reva Connors calls him to meet her in the other room for a quiet talk on their own. Shocked by all his cuts and bruises, Connors mentions that he has not been to the group in months, but he responds that plans have changed. Lucas notices that Noah Burstein is watching them and asks Connors about him, but she asks if he would like to talk about something. Lucas refuses, saying that if he speaks, something bad will happen to her.
Connors leaves him, but Lucas notices that Shades approaches her. Rackham approaches behind and taunts him, causing Lucas to grab him by the scruff of the neck and violently slam him against the wall in rage. However, Rackham threatens that he now has another person to bargain with other than Squabbles. Fearing for the life of his friends, Lucas lets him go.
Lucas comes up to Squabbles and tells him of the plan to expose Rackham. Squabbles agrees to the plan, but as Lucas leaves, Squabbles is approached by two of Rackham's men and is killed. A few minutes later, Lucas goes into his cell and is attacked by Shades and Comanche, who are not happy about his decision to expose the arena.
Reva Connors visits Lucas and reveals to him that Squabbles is dead, and that he could end up the same way. She begs to Burstein to put Lucas under the experiment to save him; Burstein refuses, stating that he would probably die from the experience, but Connors demands that he do it for her. He reluctantly agrees, asking Connors to take a trip home. He then goes up to Lucas, informing him that this is going to be a different treatment.
The Dogs of Hell, led by Rooster, begin a string of robberies to appease Lorelei.
Burstein puts Lucas in a tank, injects his shoulder with a syringe, and attaches two cuffs, a tiara, and a breathing tube. He closes the tank and goes to his computer, starting the procedure and filling the tank with clear liquid.
As he begins scanning Lucas, Albert Rackham rushes in, demanding the whereabouts of Lucas. Burstein tries to stop him, but Rackham points a gun at him and threatens to kill Lucas for ratting him out. He turns up the heat in the tan and overloads it, causing the lights in the room to burst into sparks. Submersed in the boiling liquid, Lucas screams in pain as his injuries turn purple and then vanish. Rackham attempts to murder Lucas, but the tank explodes, killing him instead. Lucas comes out of the ruins of the tank, fully healed. The alarms goes off and in frustration for having no way out, Lucas hits the wall, causing it to crack severely, without any harm to himself.
He discovers his strength has been enhanced, and proceeds to punch a hole in the wall in order to escape from Seagate Prison. Lucas finally reaches land, ending up in someone's back yard, where he notices the owner's laundry drying.
Cage takes the shirt and pants, then goes to the nearest phone booth and calls Connors.
Lucas meets with Reva Connors at the nearest motel. After spending some hours together, Connors deletes any records of Lucas and asks him to create a new name for himself; he chooses "Luke Cage". Cage and Connors share a kiss.
After relaying information about Lorelei to them, Sif allies with the team to capture her. Phil Coulson asks Sif about what other extraterrestrial races she has encountered, hoping to discover what alien G.H. is.
Lorelei enthralls the local law enforcement to act as her protection, and is tracked to Rosie's Desert Oasis by S.H.I.E.L.D. The enthralled distract both S.H.I.E.L.D. and Sif away from Lorelei, who enthralls Grant Ward to aid in her getaway.
Lorelei and Ward arrive in Las Vegas, where she and Ward have sex after discussing plans for Lorelei's takeover.
Reva Connors returns home to Harlem with Luke Cage. She visits Pop with him, and Pop is happy to not ask questions.
Sif and Coulson track Lorelei to Vegas, but find that she and Ward have already escaped.
In order to rid themselves of Sif and S.H.I.E.L.D., Lorelei and Ward infiltrate the Bus by enthralling Leo Fitz, who detains Skye, Jemma Simmons, and Sif, even attempting to eject Sif from the plane. Coulson, pretending to be under Lorelei's thrall, releases Skye and Simmons and incapacitates Fitz. May fights with the enthralled Ward, while Sif manages to get back onto the Bus and duels Lorelei. Sif manages to overpower Lorelei and places the Asgardian Collar around her, silencing her. The enthralled are released from Lorelei's control almost instantly.
Agent Mark Smith goes to the gym so he can take his anger out on a punching bag. When he finishes and goes to the locker room for his duffel bag, he discovers a paper inside simply saying "Hangar SFC-5".
After eavesdropping on the conversation, Melinda May calls Nick Fury from the Bus on a secret phone, telling him that Coulson knows about the alien.
Nicholas Cooper discovers during a lunch break that the connection between the Scepter and the Tesseract is much simpler than he originally thought. But just as he makes the discovery, his former colleague, Mark Smith, shoots and kills him.
Doctor List manages to reactivate Chitauri Guns with the power of the Scepter for HYDRA, and the help of Benjamin Pollack. After the guns are tested, List informs Strucker that they need living human test subjects. Strucker tells him that he can use any of the people from the continuing riot. List tells the rioters that he can give them the abilities to stand up to their oppressors if they volunteer to go with him. Twins Pietro and Wanda Maximoff are among the many to go with him.
List begins work on the Maximoff twins, excited to see the successful results of his experiments on the twins, following many failures. Subjection to the Scepter's energy gives the twins supernatural powers: Pietro gains super speed, while Wanda obtains telekinesis and energy projection.
Fury leaves the Triskelion and contacts Maria Hill to arrange a meeting. On the way to the rendezvous point, he is attacked by assassins posing as police officers. He evades them, but is confronted by the Winter Soldier, who shoots a Disc Grenade under Nick Fury's SUV, forcing it to upturn. Severely injured, Fury escapes by using a "Mouse Hole" device to cut through the road and into the sewers.
Steve Rogers returns to his apartment, where he finds Fury sitting in his living room. Fury manages to tell Rogers that S.H.I.E.L.D. has been compromised and gives him the USB containing the data from the Lemurian Star.
From the adjacent building, the Winter Soldier shoots and appears to fatally wound Fury. While his neighbor (who reveals herself to be an undercover S.H.I.E.L.D. agent codenamed "Agent 13") gets Fury to safety, Rogers pursues the Winter Soldier, but fails to catch him.
Nick Fury is taken to a hospital in a critical condition. His heart stops during surgery, and the doctors are unable to revive him.
After he is pronounced dead, Maria Hill collects his body. Rogers hides the USB Fury gave him in a vending machine.
Chase of Captain America: On his way back to the hospital to retrieve the USB, Rogers is attacked by several STRIKE operatives in an elevator, but manages to defeat all of them. He jumps out of the elevator to avoid arrest, drives away on his motorcycle and evades an attacking Quinjet. Pierce tells the rest of S.H.I.E.L.D. that Rogers is now a wanted fugitive and must be hunted down.
At an Apple computer store, Rogers and Romanoff try to read the data on the USB. While the information itself is inaccessible, they manage to trace back the location where the program was first written: a S.H.I.E.L.D. bunker in New Jersey. STRIKE operatives led by Brock Rumlow search for the fugitives, but do not find them.
Stealing a car, Rogers and Romanoff drive to the location and he recognizes it as Camp Lehigh, the military training camp where he trained during World War II.
In the bunker, they find an old supercomputer, and, inserting the USB, they reactivate the preserved consciousness of Arnim Zola. Zola explains that HYDRA has continued to operate within S.H.I.E.L.D. since its creation in the 1940's, and several S.H.I.E.L.D. operatives including Alexander Pierce, Jasper Sitwell and Brock Rumlow are actually sleeper agents for HYDRA. The information on the USB is an algorithm Zola produced for Project Insight. Before Rogers and Romanoff can get any more information from him, a S.H.I.E.L.D. fighter jet bombs the bunker, destroying the computers. Surviving the explosion, they once again evade S.H.I.E.L.D. capture.
Agent Hand sends two S.H.I.E.L.D. UAVs to kill John Garrett, whom she suspects along with Coulson of being part of the same conspiracy. Garrett manages to evade his attackers and docks with the Bus.
Pierce takes the Council hostage, but Black Widow, disguised as Councilwoman Hawley, defends them and holds Pierce at gunpoint. She and Fury then upload all data regarding S.H.I.E.L.D. and HYDRA to the public, and Fury executes Pierce after he kills the Council in an attempt to escape. Captain America and Sam Wilson, going by the codename Falcon, board the Helicarriers as they take off and manage to install two of the chips.
On the last Helicarrier, Captain America is confronted by the Winter Soldier, and after a brutal altercation, Captain America manages to install the chip.
The Helicarriers target each other and blow each other out of the sky; the Helicarrier holding Rogers and the Winter Soldier crashes into the Triskelion, reducing it to rubble. The Winter Soldier, slowly remembering his past life as Bucky Barnes, saves Captain America from drowning in the Potomac River.
HYDRA sends out a coded message to all of its agents, ordering them to take direct control of S.H.I.E.L.D. Skye decodes the message, leading the team to conclude that Hand is the Clairvoyant and affiliated with HYDRA.
Exposed to the public, HYDRA begins purging all infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D. facilities in an attempt to retain control. The Cube and S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy are among the targeted facilities.
Battle at the Hub: The Bus lands at the Hub, where Garrett soon reveals that he is the Clairvoyant and an agent of HYDRA. Coulson's team are nearly killed by Garrett, but Agent Hand, having heard the exchange, saves them. All HYDRA agents present in the Hub are then detained.
Together, they make their way to the bridge where Morse attempts to extract classified material from the ship's computers, though this places the remaining S.H.I.E.L.D. agents onboard at risk.
Having second thoughts, Morse resigns from her initial orders and works with her fellow agents in reclaiming the ship from HYDRA. Now acting solo, the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents aboard the Iliad decide to start a new S.H.I.E.L.D. under Gonzales' command.
The Winter Soldier goes to the Ideal Federal Savings Bank, where he finds two HYDRA scientists. Barnes claims that Captain America is dead, but then attacks the scientists, feeling that they are responsible for the terrible actions he has done. However, when one man states that he has a daughter, the Winter Soldier lets him go, realizing that he wants no more blood on his hands.
Coulson's Team finds Providence and meets Eric Koenig. Here they are informed that the Fridge has been taken by HYDRA. Skye calls Ward, because she is worried about him, giving him the coordinates of Providence.
Raina tells Ward and Garrett that the hard drive cannot be accessed without Skye's pass codes. Garrett sends Ward to obtain the pass codes or Skye herself.
Grant Ward arrives at Providence, where he lies to the team about what happened at the Fridge and gives Skye the hard drive. Ward suggests to back it up now that they are at a secure facility, but Coulson wants her to first pull up a list of all the inmates at the Fridge.
Ian Quinn arrives in Cuba and is presented with the Gravitonium by Garrett.
200 miles out of Portland, Marcus Daniels kills a fisherman so he can use his car to travel to Portland.
After seeing Marcus Daniels on the list, Coulson decides to take a splinter team to capture him. Before they are allowed to leave the facility they have to go through an orientation on a Lie Detector.
At a cafe, Grant Ward tries to obtain the codes from Skye, but she reveals that she already knows that Ward is a HYDRA agent and tries to flee, only to be captured by Deathlok who was sent by Garrett to help Ward with Skye.
Fitz and Simmons find the Bus, but are captured by Ward and taken to Garrett. Fitz nearly kills Garrett by the use of an EMP but he and Simmons are forced to take refuge in a Medical Pod. Ward finds the two and ejects it into the sea.
Raina injects Garrett with synthesized GH.325 which heals his failing organs and gives him superhuman strength but starts to give him a psychotic personality.
Fury arrives to aid Coulson, while Deathlok steps in to defend Garrett. Skye releases Ace Peterson, prompting Deathlok to turn on Garrett and fire a missile at him. The remaining Centipede agents are arrested, and Deathlok flees the scene. Garrett tries to upgrade himself with Deathlok parts, but Coulson vaporizes him with the 0-8-4 Weapon.
Fury appoints Coulson as the new director of S.H.I.E.L.D. and gives him a small device called "the Toolbox", which shows him coordinates to their new base, the Playground.
Having almost been killed in the accident, Kilgrave searches the help of Doctor David Kurata and forces Jack Denton to donate both of his kidneys to him. Kurata is forced to perform the surgery on Kilgrave without any anesthesia to numb the pain, because the anesthesia nullifies Kilgrave's powers.
Denton has a stroke from the shock of losing his kidneys. Kilgrave then ensures that his death has been faked and disappears, while Jessica Jones continues to believe that he died in the accident.
Cybertek ship HYDRA's remaining gravitonium on a boat called the Principia. However, the boat hits a storm which supercharges the gravitonium and causes it to float 25,000 feet into the sky. It is assumed to have sunk.
Leo Fitz awakes from his coma, having spent nine days unconscious.
Phil Coulson assigns Jemma Simmons the duty to infiltrate in HYDRA so she can give him information about the terrorist organization. Secretly, Coulson assigns agent Bobbi Morse to protect Simmons as she also infiltrates HYDRA.
Felix Blake is released from hospital. Having found out about HYDRA, he disappears, angered that the S.H.I.E.L.D. he signed up for was not what he thought it to be. Bitter, he looks to find other people to align himself with who want to protect the world from aliens.
Assassination of Ahmad Zubair: William Rawlins, still going by Agent Orange, has Homeland Security liaison Ahmad Zubair captured and tortured, claiming he is a terrorist. The Cerberus Squad stand around watching as Rawlins beats him for information, but he claims to have none. Zubair exclaims that he is not a terrorist and that he has a family, begging for his life, but Rawlins says that if he has no information, he will be killed. Obeying orders under the assumption that it is necessary to protect the United States of America, Frank Castle shoots Zubair through the head. Unbeknown to the rest of the squad, Gunner Henderson, starting to suspect that the Cerberus leaders have ulterior motives, secretly films the assassination.
Castle and Henderson are given the duty of burying Zubair, with Castle removing the bullet from his head as instructed. Henderson highlights to Castle that what they are doing feels like disposing of evidence of a crime.
Coulson returns to the Playground and tells May about his supposed recruiting trip. He sends Skye to get information from their prisoner, Grant Ward. Ward tells her the history of Carl Creel and how HYDRA is communicating with him. She leaves before he can discuss her father.
Creel uses his powers to become transparent and escape from his detainment. Coulson sends a team on a two-pronged mission: to obtain a Quinjet and retrieve the Obelisk.
When Hartley finds the Obelisk, the Absorbing Man attacks. She grabs the object in order to defend herself, but instead it begins to kill her.
Hartley, Hunter and Idaho attempt to escape to get Hartley medical attention, but Creel flips their S.H.I.E.L.D. SUV, killing both Idaho and Hartley. Hunter fakes being dead as Creel takes the alien artifact.
Hunter is collected by Glenn Talbot, who asks him to betray Phil Coulson because there is a senator who wants his arrest. Hunter wants Hartley to have an honorable funeral in return. Hunter tells Talbot that in return for a proper burial for Hartley and two million dollars, he will hand over Coulson in the next two days.
When Hunter returns to the Playground, Coulson already knows that Hunter has talked to Talbot. He sends Skye to pack the deceased's possessions.
Fitz finds the DNA file on the Absorbing Man and decides that he will help in his capture. Mackenzie helps a struggling Fitz to decode his old work to find a solution.
In the night, Raina visits Creel and gives him a ring that will help him fight against the adverse effects that the Obelisk is having on him. However, unbeknownst to him, the ring contains a tracking device. Raina contacts Coulson and tells him about the tracking device.
Coulson's men track Creel and travel to his location to catch him. Hunter, however, takes things into his own hands and incapacitates May, Triplett and Skye with an I.C.E.R..
When Creel goes to meet Sunil Bakshi in a public park to deliver the Obelisk, Hunter tries to shoot Creel. During the commotion caused by the gunshot, Raina takes the briefcase containing the artifact.
As Hunter and Creel battle, Coulson uses the Overkill Device to destabilize and neutralize the Absorbing Man.
Later, Skye and May discuss Coulson's attitude. May confronts Coulson and convinces him to release his urge to carve Words of Creation he has resisted for 18 days since his last episode. He carves the symbols in a blackened room as May documents the incident.
Raina delivers the Obelisk to Skye's father, who shows her that she can touch it without dying.
Misty Knight searches Cockroach Hamilton's apartment, but cannot find anything incriminating. Her work partner, Rafael Scarfe, insists on searching himself, and returns with a gun he claims to have found, having actually planted it himself to take Hamilton down, without telling anyone. Hamilton insists that the gun is not his, but no one believes him as he is taken away for arrest.
Kaecilius goes solo to confront the Witch, but she defeats him as well.
The Masters of the Mystic Arts track the Witch to the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London. The group confront the thief and after a grueling battle, with their combined efforts they are able to overpower her and claim the scepter.
Brock Rumlow awakes from his coma. He watches a report on the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D. from his hospital bed. Disillusioned and furious at HYDRA's defeat and Alexander Pierce's death, he assaults his nurse and escapes.
In the 29th Precinct Police Station, Misty Knight is frustrated that she cannot take down a scammer called Haverland. Scarfe says they could steal from the evidence room and plant something to get him on, and Knight is concerned at his willingness to do such a thing. Scarfe then reveals that he was just joking, to Knight's relief, believing him to be incorruptible. He leaves for the night, saying his son, Earl, is waiting up for him so they can watch the New York Mets game.
While Earl Scarfe waits for his father, he finds one of his guns, which Rafael had forgotten to lock up. Earl plays with it and accidentally shoots himself, dying from the shot.
Recovering some items from S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Research and Development labs, Brock Rumlow sets up an arms sale to draw out HYDRA agents, on whom he opens fire to send the message that he no longer works for them, while getting some satisfaction by subjecting them to the pain that he suffered himself.
They take Baldo downtown and hand him over to D'Xtar.
Rocket is outraged when D'Xtar only pays them 400 credits despite the fact that the bounty on Baldo was 900. Sick of being cheated, the pair think their luck is changing when a woman leads them into a bar promising them free drinks. Unfortunately, they discover that it is a trap and that a bounty has been placed on Rocket when they are ambushed by bounty hunters. Rocket produces his Laser Cannon, causing huge damage to the bar and confusion among the bounty hunters.
Suddenly, Groot grabs Rocket. Rocket is shocked and hurt by his friend's betrayal. When some bounty hunters surround them, Rocket shoots off the end of Groot's finger to escape from his grip.
Rocket is chased through the streets by both Groot and the bounty hunters. He escapes into a building by tapping the wires of a lock. He runs into a bounty hunter who is sick of Rocket collecting bounties he feels he deserves, and prepares to kill him.
Groot then crashes through the wall. Rocket informs him that the bounty hunter put the bounty on him to thin out the competition. Groot threatens the bounty hunter, who cancels the bounty on Rocket. Groot then reveals that betraying Rocket was an act so that Rocket would attack him and make him angry, as he is a better fighter in that state. Rocket is thankful and the two leave.
Still devastated by his son's death, Rafael Scarfe tells Misty Knight that he feels it is his fault, and that this is judgment for everything he has done wrong.
Taking advantage of Nebula's memories, Thanos starts learning about future events while also finding a way to retrieve the future version of his daughter: while Rhodey manages to jump back to the future, Nebula's implants both block her and knock her unconscious.
Nebula is brought into the flagship and kept immobilized.
Her past self, hoping to ensure her father remains victorious in the future, takes her vial of Pym Particles - which Ebony Maw managed to reverse-engineer and mass-produce - and after dressing up in her clothes, jumps into 2023.
Once the 2014 Nebula opens a portal to 2023, the Sanctuary II jumps into the future.
Sacrifice of Natasha Romanoff: in Vormir, Hawkeye and Black Widow get to the Stonekeeper. Once he warns that the Soul Stone can only be retrieved through sacrifice, Barton and Romanoff fight over who will die, with the latter doing so as she lets off Barton's grip as both hang from the cliff. A saddened Barton gets the Stone and returns to the future.
Steve Rogers returns the Soul Stone to the moment it was removed, erasing the dark splinter reality that was being created.
Quill then makes contact with Yondu Udonta and informs him of his separation. Yondu then orders a bounty on Quill's head.
Gamora is nearly killed by vengeful inmates led by Drax the Destroyer, whose wife and daughter were murdered by Ronan, but is saved by Quill. Upon learning that the Collector is willing to pay a substantial amount for the Orb, Quill, Rocket, and Groot agree to help Gamora escape the Kyln in exchange for splitting the payment between the four of them.
Ronan the Accuser is summoned by Thanos to discuss Gamora's desertion. Ronan kills the Other and berates Thanos for not taking the situation seriously. Thanos ignores Ronan's insults and threatens to destroy him if he does not bring him the Orb. Nebula replaces Gamora as Ronan's assistant in the crusade.
They shut down the artificial gravity and pilot the watchtower to the prison's hanger bay via hacked security drones. They reclaim the Orb and escape in Quill's ship, the Milano, but Quill remains behind to recover his walkman headset. He manages to regroup with the others, and they flee from the system.
Ronan and Nebula invade the Kyln but find that Gamora has already fled. Before leaving, Ronan orders for the prison to be "cleansed".
Star-Lord makes advances towards Gamora, who violently rejects him. Drax and Rocket, both drunk, get into a fight, after which Drax storms off and the rest of the group are summoned by the Collector.
They give the Orb to him and he opens it, revealing the Infinity Stone inside. After explaining the stone's origins, the Collector prepares to give the group their payment. His slave, Carina, grabs the stone in order to free herself from slavery, but the power overwhelms and kills her.
A massive explosion destroys the Collector's Museum, and Gamora reseals the stone into the Orb. Ronan, Nebula, and their Sakaaran allies are summoned to Knowhere by a vengeful Drax, who is subdued in battle with Ronan.
Nebula pursues Gamora into space, leaving her stranded and nearly killing her. While Ronan and his minions make off with the Orb, and Star-Lord contacts the Ravagers to pick up him and Gamora, giving her his helmet to survive.
After leaving Knowhere, Ronan contacts Thanos and betrays him, deciding to keep the Infinity Stone for himself, grafting it into his hammer. Nebula chooses to remain with Ronan out of spite for Thanos.
On Knowhere, Groot convinces Rocket to rescue Star-Lord and Gamora.
On the Eclector, Star-Lord and Gamora negotiate a truce with the Ravagers, agreeing to give the Orb to them if they help them stop Ronan from using it to destroy Xandar. Rocket, Groot, and Drax suddenly arrive and threaten to destroy the mothership with a Hadron Enforcer, but Star-Lord is able to stop him. Star-Lord's group and the Ravagers formulate a plan to hijack Ronan's ship, the Dark Aster, and kill him.
Onboard the Dark Aster, Gamora duels Nebula, who escapes on a hijacked M-ship. Drax kills Korath the Pursuer and Groot slays the rest of the Sakaaran soldiers, and the group then converge on Ronan, who defeats them with ease. Rocket pilots the Warbird through the Aster and into Ronan, incapacitating him and damaging the vessel and causing it to crash into Xandar. Groot shields his comrades in a cocoon of branches to protect them from the crash, and is pulverized in the impact.
Ronan emerges from the wreckage unscathed and prepares to destroy Xandar with the Infinity Stone, but Star-Lord distracts him, allowing Rocket and Drax to destroy his hammer with the Hadron Enforcer, freeing the stone. Star-Lord catches the stone and, with Gamora, Rocket, and Drax sharing its burden, uses it to destroy Ronan. Gamora then seals the stone in a new makeshift container, and instead of giving it to the Ravagers, Star-Lord gives them a decoy. The stone is then taken by the Nova Corps and contained.
Star-Lord's group, now calling themselves the Guardians of the Galaxy, are exalted for their heroics and their criminal records are expunged. Departing in a repaired Milano, the group depart Xandar in search of adventure. They bring a sapling cut of Groot with them, which begins to regenerate.
Phil Coulson, Melinda May and Skye record a birthday message video for Jemma Simmons for her 27th birthday, as she is not at the base with them, instead on an assignment for Coulson at HYDRA. They tell her to make a wish and then blow out the candle for her. Leo Fitz, still believing that Simmons left to see her parents, records a more personal message, asking her to say "hi" to her parents for him, and promising her that they will see each other soon.
Simmons discovers that HYDRA is looking for Donnie Gill, whom she knows from their previous encounter, and that they are studying his abilities.
In Marrakech, Gill is found by two HYDRA agents. He freezes one of them and takes his cell phone.
Simmons meets with Coulson and tells him about Gill, and that she believes he must have gained some kind of powers after he was struck by lightning. Coulson decides that they must try to recruit Gill before HYDRA reaches him.
Skye tries to get information from Grant Ward. Ward tells her that he was never loyal to HYDRA, only to Garrett. He also tells her about HYDRA's protocol when it concerns the "gifted", which is to either recruit or kill them.
Donnie Gill goes to a freighter. He stands near it and freezes the water.
Sunil Bakshi accuses Simmons of lying for not telling him that she knew about Project Blizzard, the project that gave powers to Gill. She covers by saying that she did not know who the subject of the project was until yesterday, which is true. Bakshi asks if she is loyal to HYDRA, to which Simmons simply replies that she is loyal to science.
Coulson and his team hear about the frozen ship in the sea. They prepare to leave on the Bus.
Bakshi brings together a group of agents with Simmons to go and find Gill.
Fitz is shocked when he enters Grant Ward's cell. Ward tries to explain himself to Fitz, to no avail. Furious, Fitz explains what Ward has done to him, and starts draining the oxygen from his cell. Ward tells him that Coulson and the others do not understand that Gill was brainwashed and was used by HYDRA to take the Sandbox in one of the battles during the HYDRA Uprising. Fitz tells Mack about Gill and that they have to alert Coulson.
At the freighter, Mack calls Coulson and tells him about Gill being brainwashed by HYDRA. Coulson orders his team to stop HYDRA from talking to Gill to prevent the brainwashing from being triggered again.
When May notices Simmons, she takes out Hunter so as to prevent him from killing her, as he does not know who she is. Alerted by the noise, Gill runs. Coulson orders his team to maintain Simmons' cover.
Gill runs into Bakshi, who speaks the brainwashing code to him and Gill falls under his sway. Bakshi orders Gill to freeze the ship, but he is shot by Skye. Gill falls into the ocean.
Skye monitors channels, trying to learn if someone has found Gill's body. Skye tells May that she does not understand why Coulson did not tell anyone about Simmons, but May simply states that she will handle it.
Coulson goes to talk to Fitz, reminding him that he is still an important part of the team, but that he saw what he did to Ward. Fitz says that he is not a killer. Coulson explains that he hates Ward as much as him, but they need to find out more about HYDRA from him. Coulson reveals to him that Simmons is on assignment, and that is why she has made no contact. He also tells Fitz that is a lot more he is hiding.
Whitehall tells Bakshi that S.H.I.E.L.D. is becoming a problem and he wants to know who is in charge. Agent 33 then reveals herself, now brainwashed and loyal to Whitehall.
Ward reveals to Skye that her father is still alive and he wants to meet with her.
They agree to kill the monster in exchange for Nebula, whom the Sovereign captured not long after the Battle of Xandar. The team defeat the beast by exposing a cut on its neck, and Gamora using her sword to stab into the cut and slice down through the Abilisk.
After the battle, the Guardians meet with Ayesha, and Nebula is handed over as promised.
They intend to leave Sovereign peacefully, however, Rocket Raccoon has decided to take some Anulax Batteries for himself. When this is discovered, it angers Ayesha and the Sovereign people.
Escape from the Sovereign Fleet: The Sovereign send their fleet to chase and attack the Guardians of the Galaxy, heavily damaging the Milano. The group is forced to crash-land on a nearby planet, but before the Sovereign fleet can kill them, it is single-handedly destroyed by Ego. On landing on the planet, Berhert, the Guardians argue, when Ego suddenly lands and reveals himself to be Quill's father.
On Contraxia, Yondu Udonta has a run-in with Stakar Ogord, nearly 20 years after Ogord banished him for child trafficking. Ogord reiterates Yondu's exile from the greater Ravager community, despite his protests. Ayesha then arrives and hires Yondu to recapture the Guardians.
Ego invites Quill to return to his home with his protégée Mantis. Quill is cautious, and speaks to Gamora about his concerns regarding Ego's claims, but she reassures him that things will turn out alright. Meanwhile, Drax and Mantis are acquainted.
Rocket enjoys setting off several traps for them, taking down numerous Ravagers, but he is forced to give in when Yondu Udonta arrives and threatens him with his Yaka Arrow. However, when Yondu shows reluctance to turn Quill over to the Sovereign, some of the group question whether he is being too soft, and Ravager Taserface uses the opportunity to lead a mutiny against him.
Nebula tricks Groot into releasing her, claiming that she will help, but instead she shoots Yondu's fin, knocking him out and helping the Ravagers. Groot, Udonta, and Rocket are incarcerated on the Ravagers' ship, the Eclector.
Quill, Gamora, Drax, Ego, and Mantis arrive at Ego's home: a living planet that is an extension of his body. Ego explains that he is a god-like being called a Celestial, and he created a humanoid avatar to travel across the galaxy and interact with other species.
Nebula is given a ship in return for having helped the Ravagers, and leaves to pursue her sister and get revenge on her.
Ego teaches Quill to access and manipulate the power within his planet, to Quill's amazement.
Drax becomes friendly with Mantis, who anxiously begins to attempt to reveal a secret about Ego, before being interrupted by Gamora, asking for Mantis to take them to where they will be staying.
Rocket and Yondu are thrown in a cell, to be delivered to the Kree in the morning. In their imprisonment, Rocket and Yondu discover they are very alike, and Yondu shares his low opinion of Ego, who originally hired Yondu's Ravagers to deliver Quill after his mother's death. Meanwhile, Groot is spared, but humiliated by Taserface's men.
Once the Ravagers have gone to sleep, Groot walks away, dejected, and goes to Yondu and Rocket's cell. Yondu calls him over, and gives him instructions on how to find a prototype version of Yaka Arrow Controller in the captain's quarters, to aid their escape. Groot excitedly runs off to find it, but Rocket is skeptical as to whether Groot understood the instructions.
Groot returns, but with Yondu's underwear. They send him back several times, but he does not understand, bringing useless and strange items like a severed toe and a large desk.
Escape from the Eclector: Soon before the morning, Groot goes one final time to find the fin, but yet again retrieves the wrong item. Kraglin Obfonteri sees this, however, and assists Groot in taking the arrow controller and freeing Yondu, who forgives Kraglin and tells him to prepare the Quadrant for their escape. Together, Rocket, Groot, and Yondu walk through the Eclector to make their escape. The Ravagers are alerted and woken, but as they rush to stop the escape, Yondu uses the Yaka Arrow, controlled by his new fin, to kill all of them. Taserface alerts the Sovereign of the escape, and gives them the coordinates of Ego's planet so they can go after Yondu and the Guardians, before Yondu kills him as well in an explosion ignited by the Yaka Arrow.
Rocket, Groot, Yondu, and Kraglin escape in a detachable section, and engage in a risky space maneuver of 700 consecutive jumps to reach Ego's planet in time to help Quill.
Quill, happy to have found his father and his new powers, attempts to get Gamora to dance with him, and she eventually obliges. However, they quickly fall out, as Gamora is upset that Quill is valuing his biological father over the second family he found in their Guardians team. Gamora storms off to sit peacefully on her own in a field.
Nebula arrives at Ego's planet in the ship from the Ravagers and tries to kill Gamora. Gamora fights back, and the two of them end up fighting in the caverns beneath the planet's surface. Gamora gets the upper hand, but lets her sister live.
Nebula takes the opportunity to pin down Gamora, but changes her mind about killing her, satisfied with just having beaten her for once.
The two sisters reach an uneasy truce, and together they explore the caverns beneath Ego's planet's surface.
Ego reveals his master plan to Quill: he travelled the universe and planted seedlings on thousands of worlds, so that he could terraform them into new extensions of himself. However, he needed a second Celestial's power to activate the seedlings, so he conceived children with hundreds of women all across the galaxy and hired Yondu's Ravagers to collect them.
Meanwhile, Gamora and Nebula discover hundreds of skeletal remains in the cave; the remains of Ego's children.
Ego reveals that every child of his was killed when they proved unable to access Celestial power, but Quill is the first able to harness the power, and Ego uses him to activate all the seedlings. His "expansion" begins, as he uses Quill to activate the seeds' terraforming, that will eventually consume all those worlds, and every person on them.
As Rocket, Groot, Yondu, and Kraglin come to the end of their dangerous 700 jumps, one of the jumps passes by a conversation between the Watchers and one of their informants. Once the interruption has passed, the informant continues telling his tales to the Watchers, from where he's been planted at different points in time.
Quill is hypnotised by Ego's power until Ego reveals he deliberately caused the death of Quill's mother. Quill breaks free of his trance and fights back.
On Earth, Xandar, and all other planets that have Ego's seeds, the process of terraforming begins. In Missouri, the source of the Earth seedling, people admire the biomass, but when it begins to grow, the citizens run and drive away as fast as they can.
Mantis informs Gamora, Drax and Nebula of Ego's plan just as Rocket, Groot, Yondu, and Kraglin arrive. Reunited, the Guardians blast through layers of Ego to get to his core and kill him.
As the Guardians fight their way through to the core, a fleet of Sovereign Omnicrafts arrives following Taserface's information, to kill the Guardians. The team retaliate against the Sovereign while having to fight Ego himself.
Rocket sends Groot into the thick shell at the core of Ego's planet, protecting Ego's brain, to plant a bomb with the Anulax Batteries and kill him.
Mantis attempts to keep Ego at bay by trying to make him sleep, while Quill and Yondu defeat the Sovereign. Their ship is destroyed, but the duo escape unharmed.
As Ego looks likely to win, the Guardians put in a final push of attack. Groot plants the bomb and most of the Guardians escape, while Quill remains to battle his father, using his access to Ego's celestial power.
When the bomb explodes, Ego dies and the planet collapses. Yondu gives his spacesuit to Quill to save him, sacrificing himself as he dies in the atmosphere of space.
The Watchers become tired of their informant's stories and walk away, leaving him concerned as to how he will return home.
Nebula reconciles with Gamora, but chooses to leave anyway, to finds a way to kill Thanos once for all. The two part as caring sisters.
The Guardians give Yondu a traditional Ravager funeral, and dozens of Ravagers, including Stakar Ogord, arrive to pay their respects, releasing a string of fireworks.
In Kandahar, Afghanistan, with only 29 days remaining of his rotation, Frank Castle receives a card from his family back home for his birthday. He opens it and is delighted to see that his wife, Maria, has bought him tickets to see Bruce Springsteen perform live.
Castle is called in with Russo to have a mission briefing with Agent Orange and Ray Schoonover. Agent Orange explains the plan, but Castle expresses disapproval, highlighting that the fact that the target they have been after for months has suddenly shown up likely means it is a trap, as the Afghans have become aware of their operation. Agent Orange overrules him and tells him to proceed, and Castle reluctantly agrees, warning that he thinks people will die.
Ambush in Kandahar: As Castle predicted, when the Cerberus Squad arrive at the location, they are ambushed. Several members of the squad are killed, and Castle realizes that enemy mortars will soon target them. He decides he has to act and enters the opposition's compound alone, forced to kill numerous insurgents, shooting them and then using his combat knife once he runs out of ammunition. With the insurgents dead, the squad can fall back to a safe location where a helicopter can evacuate them.
Back at the Cerberus Squad Compound, Castle vomits from the physical exhaustion and horror of the events of the ambush. Agent Orange returns, but shows complete apathy at the deaths of the men, simply asking if they managed to kill the target. Castle is enraged at the man and attacks him brutally in anger, punching him in face and blinding him in one eye. Billy Russo rushes to hold him back and pulls him aside, telling him that no matter how unethical Agent Orange is, he will never be blamed as the blame always falls on the soldiers. Protecting you, it's never on them. He informs Castle that he is transferring back to the Marine Force by request.
↑ 4.04.14.24.18.104.22.168.74.84.9In Step in the Arena, Carl Lucas/Luke Cage's hair growth would suggest approximately 4 months between his first day and nearly attacking Comanche in the courtyard, and a further 2 months between then and Squabbles being killed and Lucas/Cage being attacked again, with his escape the next day. This all takes place before January 20, 2014, the firm date for when Reva Connors is killed (see other references). Ideally, it would be a good few months at least before her death. However, in Can't Front on Me, Shades says, "My last year in Seagate, me and Comanche got paid by this juiced-in-guard, Rackham, to beat the shit out of some guy named Carl Lucas." In Code of the Streets, in November 2015 (see 2015 references), Shades says, "I just got home [...] Three years this time, Seagate," suggesting he was released in late 2015, so his "last year in Seagate" would start in late 2014, but Cage is already out and Connors is already dead by then. If Shades is taken to be very loosely meaning "just" when he says "just got home", you could maybe take it that he got home a little earlier in 2015, but still, this does not work, with Cage escaping absolutely no later than January 2014. At a stretch, it can be taken that Shades is referring to the calendar year of 2014 as his last year at Seagate, released in the first half of 2015, so only a few months in and with 2015 not counting as his last "year" - and he is also only meaning "just" loosely, back for about half a year. With this, it would mean that his second attack on Lucas/Cage, the attack that he is referring to, can be in January 2014 and still loosely fit his statement. However, with Connors killed on January 20, 2014, this is very late for Lucas/Cage's escape. At an absolute minimum, they spend a few weeks together after the escape and before her death. So, all things considered, the attack can be dated to January 1, 2014, just about fitting Shades' statement at a stretch, and allowing Cage and Connors 18 days (2nd-20th), as much as possible, living freely together before her death. This makes Lucas/Cage nearly attacking Comanche roughly November 1, 2013, and his first day at Seagate roughly July 1, 2013, based on hair growth. The rest of the flashbacks in Step in the Arena are placed between July 2013 and January 2014 accordingly.
↑ 10.010.1Seeds has to occur in 2013 ("24 years" following 1989, see other references), and is placed finishing on December 17, 2013. Yes Men has to occur in 2014 ("last year" in 2015, see other references). Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Chase picks up reasonably shortly following the events of Seeds, and leads into the events of T.R.A.C.K.S.. T.A.H.I.T.I. follows immediately after, and Yes Men only a few days later (Skye is still recovering, Simmons has spent a few days taking her blood). As well as this, Captain America: The Winter Soldier has to occur as early as possible in January 2014 ("winter" following the film's events, "a few years" and "2 years" in Captain America: Civil War, see other references). From all of this, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Chase, T.R.A.C.K.S., and T.A.H.I.T.I. occur at the end of December 2013 (27th-30th), with Yes Men picking up with Simmons and Skye a few days later on January 3, 2014. This also fits with them having dealt with the Overkill Device "a while back," nearly 2 months from early November to late December.
↑ 21.021.1In Captain America: Civil War, Sam Wilson says to Natasha Romanoff, "Aren't you the same woman who told the government to kiss her ass a few years ago?" The date of him saying this is definitively June 2016 (the same day that the news says Lagos was "last month," with that date given by WHiH, see other references). This would imply Captain America: The Winter Soldier is about 3 years prior to Captain America: Civil War. However, later on, Wilson says that they "looked for [the Winter Soldier] for 2 years." The reasoned date for the search beginning is January 15, 2014. This is 2 years and 5 months, which fits as 2 years, but also a high 2 years that can be referred to as "a few years." It also falls as inline as possible with the mention in Shadows of "winter" occurring following the film's events, with the film being as early as possible in 2014, taking into account Yes Men and End of the Beginning (see other references to the timespan between Seeds and Yes Men). Placing Captain America: The Winter Soldier in January 2014 also still fits as "2 years" after The Avengers (May 2012), as stated by Scarlett Johansson. It is 1 year and 8 months, which rounds up, as well as fitting with the crude math of 2014-2012=2 years. It also fits perfectly with all the timeline references in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 1.
↑Rogers tells Romanoff that he is "95," definitively placing this between July 4, 2013 and July 3, 2014. January 2014 falls perfectly in the middle of this.
↑ 24.024.1In On and On, a flashback is shown of Cage and Connors in bed together. This is between Cage's escape from prison on January 2, 2014 (see other references) and Connors' death on January 20, 2014 (see other references), so can be approximated to January 11, 2014. Their wedding can be approximated to the same day.
↑In Turn, Turn, Turn, Coulson states, "I haven't been able to get [Fury] on the line for weeks." The reasoned date for the previous contact is December 4, 2013, after his successful rescue. The reasoned date for him saying this is January 9, 2014, which fits as 5 weeks.
↑In The Things We Bury, Ward states that he "lived with [Coulson's team] for months". The reasoned date for them coming together is September 9, 2013, and the reasoned date for him leaving is January 14, 2014, which fits as 4 months.
↑In Hot Potato Soup, which is firmly in April 2017 (Wake Up must occur on April 16, 2017, see other references), Johnson says to Koenig, "We've known each other for 3 years." January 2014 fits as 3 years prior to April 2017.
↑ 50.050.150.250.350.450.550.650.7In Kandahar, it is shown that on Frank Castle's birthday, November 15th (see 1976 references), there are "29 days" supposed to be remaining of their deployment. Therefore, they are due to finish on December 14th. In Home, when Madani questions Castle about Kandahar, she asks, "You served many years as a Marine Force Recon?" He replies, "I did." She asks, "But that isn't where you served your last mission?", and Castle affirms, "No. I was part of a covert CIA operation. It was called Cerberus." Therefore, Kandahar was Castle's final deployment. However, in Kinbaku, Ellison's statements firmly place the Massacre at Central Park on April 4, 2015 (see 2015 references), and in Penny and Dime, Castle explains that this was the day after he got back from his final deployment. It must therefore be assumed that after Castle attacked William Rawlins on November 16th, similarly to how Russo "requested a transfer back to Force", Castle either requested to move or was forced to for his damaging attack on a superior officer, and had to serve an extra few months before finishing on April 3, 2015. This therefore makes the November that the Kandahar events take place November 2014. In Crosshairs, Frank Castle says "we did 15-month rotations in Afghanistan". Since they were due to finish on December 14, 2014, it can therefore be assumed that the deployment began around September 14, 2013. This also aligns with the fact that Castle says on November 15, 2014, "We have been doing it for a year," as it would have been 14 months. Finally, the assassination of Ahmad Zubair takes place somewhere between the September 14, 2013 start of the operation and the November 15, 2014 abrupt ending, so it can be approximated as roughly halfway between, around the night of April 15-16, 2014.
↑In Resurrection, Ray Nadeem says, on October 23, 2017 (see 2017 references), that he has not "had a pay bump in 3-and-a-half years". Taking this to be about 3 years and 6 months, it could be referring to a near-exact 6 months (around April 23, 2014), or more generally "October - April = 6 months" (approximating with mid-April, April 15/16, 2014). Putting more weight on the more specific, a weighted calculation gives approximately April 20, 2014.
↑ 61.061.1The Marvel Cinematic Universe follows a general real time policy in most of Phase Two - set when the media is released when suitable.
↑In Scars, the onscreen text shows a scene set immediately preceding Shadows as being "one year ago." The events of Scars have to occur in May 2015 (see other references to the placement of Avengers: Age of Ultron), with the reasoned date being May 7, 2015. A year prior to this places the scene in approximately late May 2014. Late May fits very nicely with Talbot's statement that Coulson and S.H.I.E.L.D. "managed to evade [Talbot and the military] for an entire winter." While this initially would suggest Captain America: The Winter Soldier takes place in November 2013 and Shadows picks up in March 2014, this is not possible, with it having to occur in 2014 (various time references in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 1 to spanning several months from September 2013 and a couple of months following Thor: The Dark World, "2 years" in Captain America: Civil War, see other references for more details). With the suggested timespan of Seeds to Yes Men putting Yes Men in early January 2014, it fits nicely with the end of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 1 following Captain America: The Winter Soldier immediately in mid-January. It can then be assumed that Talbot is referring to the remainder of winter (January-early March), and with it being now spring moving into summer, winter has come to a resolute, "entire" close. In Shadows, Coulson states, "Our plane's been gathering dust for months." The last time the Bus was used was January 18, 2014, which fits as 4½ months later. He also states that "in the months since [Simmons left], [Fitz has] grown isolated." The reasoned date for Simmons leaving is January 30, 2014, which fits as 4 months later. Brett Dalton also is quoted as saying, "Ward had a hell of a time in the cage by himself for 6 months, he had some suicidal tendencies, and once he comes to the end of wrestling with all of his demons, he makes a promise; to reunite Skye with her dad." The suicidal tendencies etc. refers to where we pick up in Shadows, but the promise to Skye is Making Friends and Influencing People. With that episode being mid-September (see other references to the stretch between Heavy is the Head and A Fractured House), the middle of these two dates - late May and mid-September, is mid-to-late July, which works nicely as 6 months after mid-January. With Talbot going for a walk with his son around midday in Shadows, it makes sense for this to be a Sunday, thereby finally dating it as May 29, 2014.
↑ 64.064.164.264.3Shadows has to occur in May 2014 ("one year ago" from May 2015, "entire winter" preceding it, see other references), but A Fractured House has to take place no earlier than March 2015 (see other references to the timespan between A Fractured House and Avengers: Age of Ultron). There are undetermined spans of time between Heavy is the Head and Making Friends and Influencing People, Making Friends and Influencing People and Face My Enemy, and a mostly undetermined span between A Hen in the Wolf House and A Fractured House, other than when A Fractured House picks up, it does not seem that Morse and Hunter have been reunited for long. A 3½-month span is placed between Heavy is the Head and Making Friends and Influencing People, and Making Friends and Influencing People and Face My Enemy, then a span of under 2 months between A Hen in the Wolf House and A Fractured House, to stretch the first set of episodes to fill out the span of time reasonably.
↑ 66.066.166.266.3In All Souled Out, flashbacks of Misty Knight and Rafael Scarfe are shown, seemingly to roughly the year before Luke Cage: Season 1, so 2014. In the second flashback, Scarfe mentions a New York Mets game being on. The middle of the 2014 season by date was June 29/30, 2014, the middle of the 2014 season by game number was June 28/29, 2014, so overall, it can be approximated that this is scene is roughly June 29, 2014. The flashback before can be approximated to a week prior, June 22, 2014, and the flashback after can be approximated to a week after, July 6, 2014.
↑ 78.078.1At least a few days must have passed between the Battle of Xandar and the conversation between Star-Lord and Irani Rael, because the Guardians' wounds are completely healed, and the Milano has been rebuilt.
↑In S.O.S. Part One, Ward says that Palamas endured "months of torture and mind control." She is freed when Whitehall dies on the reasoned date of March 31, 2015, and the reasoned date for her torture beginning is September 18, 2014, which fits as 6½ months.
↑In the Marvel Television Live Auction Lot #503: New York Nine Newspaper Clipping, it is stated that "Elle Québec put Bouchard on the cover of its August issue", which was the 2014 August issue, suggesting this article was released between July 29, 2014 (the release of the August 2014 issue) and July 2015, for "August issue" to refer to August 2014. It then says, "Bouchard, who turned 20 in February." Eugenie Bouchard turned 20 in February 2014, suggesting this article is from between March 1, 2014 (for "February" to refer to February 2014) and December 31, 2014 (January/February 2015 would likely make it "last February"). Finally, the Eugenie Bouchard-Shelby Rogers tennis match is referenced, from August 6, 2014. Overall, it should be from between August 6, 2014 and December 31, 2014, suggesting approximately October 2014. October 15, 2014 would make the most sense, being the anniversary of the 1987 game news story included in the paper - reprinting it for a "this day in history"-type segment.
↑ 84.084.184.284.384.484.584.6In several instances, such as here and here, James Gunn is quoted as saying that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is set 2 months after the end of Guardians of the Galaxy (with the latter also confirming it is set in "2014," which is corroborated in the film by the "1980" on-screen date, followed by "34 years later"). Here it is quoted as "a couple months" after, which implies about 2⅓ months. Here it is quoted as "3 months." Collecting all of these, the average is around 2⅓ months later. The end scene of Guardians of the Galaxy is dated as August 8, 2014, so 2⅓ months later is October 18, 2014. As for when the film is "set" - this could either reference when it picks up at the beginning, or when the middle of the film is set. The beginning of the film is the afternoon of the film's 1st day, and the middle of the film is the morning of the film's 3rd day, so the best day to assign the October 18, 2014 date to is the 2nd day, therefore meaning the film starts on October 17, 2014.
↑In Principia, Werner von Strucker says to Dr. Levi Van Kempen on Saturday, December 16, 2017 (see 2017 references), "April, your daughter. Just turned 3 [...] 6 weeks ago, during our Tuesday session [...] your wife called [...] April had a fever, 103.2. All those kids at the parties, a lot of germs." This would have occurred on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, and the implication is that this would be the day after April's party, making that October 30, 2017 and therefore implying that she turned 3 on October 30, 2017, making her date of birth October 30, 2014.